Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Naxals loot BJP youth leader in train

Prashant Dayal, TNN 2 August 2009, 12:07am IST


AHMEDABAD: BJP's Yuva Morcha's national president Amit Thakker was looted at gunpoint by 12 Naxals on the Barbil-Hawda Janshatabdi Express on
Saturday evening. The loot went on for nearly 40 minutes. The Naxals had targetted three AC coaches of the train. Thakker was travelling in one of the AC coaches.

Thakker had shot to fame after he led a mob at Gandhi Ashram to disrupt a peace meeting called by Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Medha Patkar.

Thakker's train had just started from Jamshedpur at 6 pm and reached a forest stretch near Jhargam. It was yet to catch speed when a group of armed Naxals hopped onto the three AC coaches. They first approached Thakker and asked for his belongings and even snatched away his gold chain, mobile phone and his bag. When Thakker resisted, the Naxals hit him with their rifle butt. The other Naxals continued to loot other passengers in the coach.

Thakker told TOI from Jamshedpur, "The bandits had entered my coach first and went on a looting spree in the other AC coaches too. The Naxals escaped after pulling the chain. The police here did not turn up even after the incident. I was attacked but I have received minor injuries. I have lost my belongings though."

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